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The Formula One racetrack
The Formula One racetrack

Bahrainis, like most Gulf Arabs, enjoy watching sports. Camel racing and, especially, horse racing are very popular. Every Friday in the colder months horse races are held at the ten-thousand-seat Sakhir Racecourse near Awali, although the traditional bookmaker has, as everywhere in the Gulf, been banished, in accordance with Islamic law.

Bahrain was the first Arab country to open a Formula 1 racetrack. The Bahrain International Circuit can accommodate seventy thousand spectators and business VIPs. Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher, as the winner of the first Bahrain Grand Prix (2004), was sprinkled with pomegranate juice and rosewater instead of being drenched in champagne.

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